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Moodboard: Tuscany

7 Oct

moodboard_tuscany_1Have you ever thought that some destinations are better if enjoyed at a certain age? Well, I do think that every age has its destinations. Long exotic journeys are for those years in college and things like tours around Tuscany call for a more mature and slow-paced travellers. Well, we feel that we belong in the latter group, so we’ve been planing a road trip in Tuscany for a while.
moodboard_tuscany_2It would be nice to spend a few days in Florence breathing art and history. Then we could rent a car and get lost in the famous Tuscan countryside. Eat, drink, relax, repeat. I know is a fantasy that most of us have: Tuscany! It’s almost a brand, a cliché… but wouldn’t it be nice to make it a reality?

Moroccan Spa with Mediteranique

2 Oct

riad-fes_1villadesorangersEvery season has its trends. Also when it comes to travelling. When we think about Autumn we usually picture ourselves in the woods, by the fire place in a cosy rustic retreat or exploring a Central European city. While this sounds completely inviting, sometimes we feel like escaping, experiencing something new and changing your life if only for a few days. All in all, that’s what most of us look for when travelling, isn’t it? Then, why not thinking outside the box?
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The perks of travelling off season

3 Sep

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September is one of our favorite months to travel. High season is over and crowds finally return home. The weather is still nice but milder and every landscape seems quieter, waiting for Autumn to arrive. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a relaxed getaway. Travelling off season has only perks in our books. It’s not about the money, though it helps. It’s about the feelings and experiences: the melancholy of a lonely beach in November or the happiness of those warm first rays of sunshine in an empty little cove in April. The silence of a city like Venice in Winter or a sunset all for yourself in otherwise crowded Mykonos. The sensation of plenitude, loneliness, uniqueness. That feeling of being a traveler more than a tourist. Who doesn’t love it? We certainly do… and it’s a feeling that can be addictive. What about you? Are you off season  junkies like us?

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A charming Summer: Modica

21 Aug

A charming Summer_ModicaOur last installment of our Charming Summer series is here. The season comes to an end but if you are lucky enough, you still have time to enjoy the last rays of sunshine in one of the most beautiful towns of Sicily: Modica.
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A charming Summer: Arles

7 Aug

Arles_A charming summer

For those of you who are still or holidays, or even planning your next trip, here you have a nice suggestion: Arles. In this, our fourth installment of our Charming Summer series, we want to share with you a mini guide of Arles, a romantic French town with an impresive historical background and a lively atmosphere. Continue reading

Unusual sleeping spots

31 Jul

sleeping spotsSo, yes, this week the blog is all about lists. But this is going to be the last one! What can I say? I love making lists! Anyway, have you ever dream about sleeping inside a cave in Capadoccia? Have you ever thought about renting a house on a tree to spend your holidays? And how cool would be calling a vintage Airstream trailer your home for  a few days? Here you have some unusual sleeping spots that will deserve a journey on its own!
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7 idyllic beaches around the world

29 Jul

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Even though we love the Mediterranean, we can’t help but dream about exotic beaches, distant destinations and colourful new sunsets. I guess this week is all about lists and after yesterday’s 8 cooking schools across the world, here you have 7 idyllic beaches to daydream… Can you picture yourself staring at these wonderful natural wonders?
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mmm… Monday! 8 cooking classes around the world

28 Jul

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We love cooking and we love travelling, so why not mixing up the things we love the most? Here you have eight cooking schools around the world that will make you want to buy a ticket and start cooking!!
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A charming Summer: Koufonisia

24 Jul

Koufonissia_a Charming SummerThird installment of our Summer sereies. Why not visiting a charming Greek island off the beaten track? Let’s travel to Koufonisia, the perfect destination for those who seek to relax on their holidays in golden sand beaches, swim on small natural pools of turquoise waters and feast on seafood fresh from the sea.
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Peaceful retreats

17 Jul

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Travel changes you.  It makes us leave our comfort zones and face new experiences, new challenges and new cultures. But what if  we really look for that change? What if that personal growth is the aim, not a collateral effect? Choose these non conventional retreats for that spiritual peace and  personal transformation.

Meteora, Greece

The town of Meteora, about a 5-hour drive north of Athens in Thessaly, Greece, is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site – six Greek Orthodox monasteries built on enormous rock pinnacles that rise up to 1,300 feet from the valley floor. Six of the monasteries still operate today. Several of the monasteries are accessible to tourists on a road connecting the rock towers. Byzantine frescoes and architecture are a sight to see, and the views are breathtaking into the valley.

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

During centuries, St, Jame’s Path has been an spiritual journey for those who, religious or not, looked for growth and personal change. This journey ends in Santiago de Compostela, which historic centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Stay at Hospedería San Martin Pianaro, a monastery that has been home to the pilgrims since the sixteenth century.

Conca dei Marini, Italy

The renovation of Monastero Santa Rosa, a seventeenthth-century monastery, has resulted in a unique Amalfi boutique hotel steeped in history and set in gloriously scented tiered gardens. Perched dramatically on the edge of a sheer cliff above the Bay of Salerno in the fishing village of Conca dei Marini, this resort could be the perfect retreat for those who look for the perfect balance between solitude and luxury.

Vienna, Austria

Benediktushaus is an old monastery wonderfully located in the center of Vienna. According to the tradition of the Rule of St. Benedict, the Scottish Abbey also runs a guesthouse. This bed-and-breakfast is embedded in the historical buildings complex of the Benedictine monastery. It was established in 1980 and extensively renovated over the last years. No TVs or radios and only five guestrooms guarantee that much neede peace.

Shojoshin-in Monastery, Japan

This large traditional Buddhist Temple is one of the oldest temples on Mount Koya (Koyasan). During a stay at Shojoshin-in monastery, the guest gets to see how monks in a monastery actually live, making it a once in a lifetime, unique experience. Breakfast ready at 5.30 am, vegan food served in your own private room,  late-night strolls to the mausoleum and meditation time at the temple provide a very authentic, serene experience.

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